WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: HAWKS TRAVEL TO SAINT PETER’S FRIDAY NIGHT
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Monmouth Hawks (10-12, 5-8 MAAC) at Saint Peter’s Peacocks (3-20, 2-12 MAAC)
Led by 13 three-pointers and 22 points off turnovers, Quinnipiac defeated Monmouth to even up the season series on Saturday afternoon, 74-54. The Hawks did not have a player score in double-figures while the Bobcats featured three in double-figures, led by Adily Martucci scoring 15 points. Paula Strautmane added 12 points, nine rebounds, and five blocks for Quinnipiac. Senior Tyese Purvis led Monmouth in scoring with eight points, while freshman Alexa Middleton grabbed nine rebounds in nine minutes. Monmouth fell to 10-12 on the season and 5-8 in the conference, and have now lost three straight games including a double overtime loss against Siena and a two-point loss against Rider. The Hawks will look to get back on track at Saint Peter’s on Friday night. Freshman Kayla Shaw leads the MAAC in three-point field goals made with 66, and is just 14 away from the program record for threes made in a season with seven games to play.
SCOUTING THE SAINT PETER’S PEACOCKS
The Peacocks have lost their last 11 games, including the 76-59 loss in West Long Branch on January 2. The team is led by junior guard Talah Hughes, who is averaging 13.1 points per game to go along with 5.7 rebounds. Sophomore Janelle Mullen is scoring 8.9 points per game, while junior forward Sajanna Bethea is adding 8.0 points per game and 5.1 rebounds. In the first meeting between the teams this year, Mullen scored 13 points while Hughes added 12 points and seven rebounds.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. SAINT PETER’S
Monmouth and Saint Peter’s will meet for the 34th time on Friday, with the Hawks holding the 21-12 career advantage, including five of the last six contests. Monmouth won the first meeting this season on January 7, led by Christina Mitchell’s first half double-double and Kayla Shaw’s then-career-high 21 points. Mitchell ended the game with 11 points and 18 rebounds, which was three short of her career-high. The Hawks outscored the Peacocks 28-8 in the second quarter and led by as many as 21 in the fourth quarter to take the 76-59 win.